Plans by a growing number of international technology companies to begin designing their own semiconductor products – and by governments to develop domestic chipmaking capabilities – could bring some disruption to the market. Yet Taiwan’s ability to produce chips efficiently and at a relatively low cost should ensure its continued growth and success. Taiwan’s production…

A TSMC factory in Hsinchu, Taiwan

Second EPPD Held Virtually in November The second annual U.S.-Taiwan Economic Prosperity Partnership Dialogue (EPPD) took place on November 22. The U.S. State Department-led forum seeks to strengthen economic ties between the two partners in a number of strategic areas. This year’s EPPD was conducted virtually by the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) and the…

Supporting a brand is difficult. Despite low margins, the OEM/ODM model brings in steady business. Factories of Hon Hai Precision (also known as Foxconn) and other major Taiwanese contract manufacturers are currently running at full capacity churning out the iPhone 8 and other new models launched by Apple. Economists regularly disparage Taiwan’s continued heavy reliance…

Apple Partnering with Taiwan Firm for VR Apple is partnering with Taiwan’s HTC as part of its virtual reality development. At a major tech conference San Jose, California, Apple used the HTC Vive – the first VR headset launched by the Taiwanese firm – as part of a showcase of its virtual reality efforts, Central…